Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

January/February 2017

Future Stars Of The PGA Tour

Future Stars Of The PGA Tour

February 1-4

The 26th Annual Amer Ari Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will take place Feb, 1-4 at Waikoloa Beach Resort, with all rounds being played on the renowned Tom Weiskopfdesigned Kings’ Course. A total of 21 teams are scheduled to participate in the Amer Ari this year, including seven of the top 25 teams in the country.

Leading the way are #4 ranked Oklahoma State; #6 ranked Stanford University; #7 ranked University of Southern California; #10 ranked University of Texas; #12 ranked Auburn University; #19 ranked Texas Tech; #20 ranked and defending NCAA national champions University of Oregon; and #25 ranked Georgia Tech.

Casey Martin, who has been the Men’s Head Golf Coach of the defending champion NCAA national champion University of Oregon for 11 years, says “The Amer Ari is one of the iconic events in collegiate golf. It was my favorite when I played in it back in college, and it’s our team’s favorite tournament each year.”

Martin, who was a teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford University and a member of the school’s 1994 NCAA championship team, says, “This is one of the tournaments that hasn’t changed much. I say that in a good way. It’s the same golf course, and it always has one of the best fields in college golf. That means our players can relate back to when former players competed. It’s great to be able to calibrate yourself against what Tiger Woods and other great players were doing at that point in their careers. Plus, the weather is great, and you’re in Hawai`i. The Amer Ari is one of the highlights of our year.”

Last year’s individual tournament champion, Aaron Wise, went on to win the prestigious NCAA individual champion and now plays on the PGA Tour. He joins a prestigious list of past participants who have gone on to become PGA Tour stars, including Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Notah Begay, Matt Kuchar, and Bryce Molder.

This year, Wyndham Clark of the University of Oregon is ranked #1 NCAA individual heading into the Spring season.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.